ABMLI Testimonials

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Nicole Jackson
American College of Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
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Washington, D.C. 20036

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Why I Sought ABMLI Certification


“ABMLI certification is an elite credential for clinical laboratory immunologists, and provides a comprehensive measure of knowledge in the expansive field of immunology. For me, this certification is a testiment of my expertise in clinical immunology, and provides reassurance to clients that require laboratory consultations.”


Gabriel Maine, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)Gabriel MaineDirector, HLA Laboratory
Technical Director, Special Testing Laboratory
Beaumont Health System
Royal Oak, MI



“The ABMLI certification is the only recognition of its kind available to laboratory immunologists. To me, the ABMLI certification offers validation of my ability to direct a diagnostic immunology laboratory as well as recognizes my expertise in the field of diagnostic laboratory immunology. The depth of knowledge required for the ABMLI examination provides a strong foundation for a career not only in a diagnostic laboratory, but in the biotech and pharma industry, academia and regulatory organizations.”

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Vijaya Knight, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Director, Advanced Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Division of Pathology, Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO



"The ABMLI certificate gave me the required credentials and recognition of my competence, training and experience as a director of the Immune Disorders Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University. Preparing for the ABMLI certification exam helped me deepen and broaden my knowledge of clinical immunology beyond our laboratory’s specialization. The examination was very comprehensive, and passing it validated my expertise in basic and clinical immunology."

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Daniela Cihakova, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Assistant Professor
Director, Immune Disorders Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland



"The ABMLI certification is a well-recognized credential for a Ph.D. or M.D. level immunologist practicing clinical and diagnostic immunology. For me, this certification validates my expertise in basic and clinical immunology as well as the regulations governing the practice of this vital health care service by my peers. As a laboratory director, it grants me the required credential for my job, bestows self-assurance and confirms to patients, clinicians, and regulatory authorities my competence in directing the performance, evaluation, and interpretation of clinical immunology tests."



Anne E. Tebo, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Utah
Assistant Medical Director of Immunology, ARUP Laboratories
Salt Lake City, Utah



"Preparing for the ABMLI certification exam encouraged me to familiarize myself with a wide array of immunological methods that I would not have otherwise been exposed to. This familiarity has increased the breadth of my understanding of day to day practice in my specialized area of clinical transplant immunogenetics and histocompatibility and will certainly give me an advantage in advancing my career. I would argue that ABMLI is one of the most compressive professional credential in the field of clinical laboratory immunology in the world and being a holder of this certification equates to meeting the highest professional standards in this field."

MedhatAskarMedhat Askar, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Director, Allogen Laboratories
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio



"The ABMLI certification provides one with the necessary credentials to serve as a Director or Assistant Director of a medical laboratory able to offer a variety of immunological tests, as well as develop innovative tests designed to help in diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. Over the years immunology has been recognized as a distinct and complex discipline. Advances in immunology have had a huge impact on medicine and public health, and will have a greater impact in the future. ABMLI is the only certification for doctoral degree specialists practicing in clinical laboratory immunology."

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Svetlana Dambaeva, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Assistant Director Clinical Immunology Laboratory
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
North Chicago, IL



"ABMLI certification is an important and foremost credential for anyone practicing clinical laboratory immunology in the academic, industrial or government arena. It is a critical and vital part of the laboratory director's qualifications. It is a highly acceptable way to measure experience, training, and competence."

BarbaraDetrickBarbara Detrick, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Director, Immunology Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland



"I sought ABMLI certification as it was the logical means to achieve my goal of being a Clinical Immunology Laboratory Director. I feel that ABMLI certification is the most appropriate means to validate one's training and experience in Medical Laboratory Immunology and to satisfy regulatory requirements for service as a Director of a Clinical Laboratory."

JohnSchmitzJohn Schmitz, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of North Carolina
Director, Histocompatibilitiy, Flow Cytometry and Immunology Laboratories
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, North Carolina



"To me, the ABMLI is the patients’ insurance that laboratory tests of immunologic function are properly performed, supervised and interpreted. Having an ABMLI Diplomate in charge ensures that immunologic tests directly affecting health are properly carried out. At the same time, ABMLI recognizes the competence of the immunologist in carrying out his professional responsibilities. Finally, it allows a hospital director to know that his immunology laboratory is performing at the highest level. Thus it is a winning proposition for all."

NoelRoseNoel R. Rose, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Professor of Pathology
Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research
The Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland



"ABMLI certification represents excellence within the field of clinical immunology. It not only meets CLIA regulations for directing high-complexity immunology laboratories but also provides recognition of my expertise and training in clinical immunology. The breadth of knowledge necessary for ABMLI certification ensures standardization among Diplomates and provides an elite group of colleagues to utilize. Most importantly, certification affirms my expertise to patients, physicians, pharmacists and regulatory authorities."

Eric T. Weimer, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Assistant Professor
UNC School of Medicine
Chapell Hill, NC 



"Board certification is a requirement for a medical staff appointment, including the clinical scientific staff, at Summa Health System, where I work. ABMLI certification is the only available vehicle for Ph.D.trained clinical scientists who oversee diagnostic immunology laboratories to obtain board certification. The ABMLI Diplomate status is recognized by CLIA as a laboratory director qualification which isa requirement for the position I hold at a large community teaching hospital. When I have questions or need information about a procedure or assay with which I have no direct experience, I can always find another Diplomate who has the expertise I need. Knowing the capabilities necessary to obtain Diplomate status gives me the confidence to trust their experience and judgment."

Thomas Alexander, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)
Summa Health System
Akron, Ohio



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